I'm sorry but I found that Sandra Burr reading terrible ... especially after 5 books of Rowena Cooper.
After 10 hrs , the story wasn't going anywhere
My patience with the reader was spent
I asked for a refund
This is the first time since 2009 that I have felt compelled to write a review
The other books in the series were good value
Don't let this review put you off buying the other books
Back to some Patricia Cornwell books for me
Her deep, slow drawn out attempt at a male voice was irritating me no end
Anticipation of when the story would start ...... 10hrs later still waiting
With a different reader may be I would have stuck it out longer
As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
If you have read the previous books in this series, you may get a little confused. There is a lot of recap as if Auel was looking to pad her book. I don’t mind little recaps here and there to clarify something for new users. However…when previous conversations in the previous book are repeated word for word at a different time in this new book, it gets annoying. Some of the children’s ages have change. Some things that already happened in the previous book re-happened again in this book. People who were familiar with each other in the previous book meet for the first time in this book.
I felt as if Auel was taking all her ideas and trying to tie up loose ends but didn’t refer back to her previous books to make sure she didn’t already use them.
If you take all the repeats away, I don’t think the book would have been as long, but the story would still be great. The descriptions of caves and paintings got tedious, but the story about Ayla’s Donii tour was perfect. Both Ayla and Jondalar find their faults in this book but of course, in the end it all works out.
I liked the continuation of the series. While others have been bored with the cave explorations I found them to be very interesting. Ayla's story continues to intrigue. However the repeated story of the past becomes extremely frustrating especially if you are listening vs. reading this book. I think 25% of the book could have been omitted because it was simply repeating the story. For those of us who have followed the series the need for the continued review of the story of Ayla, the wolf, the horse, etc was disappointing.
Take out all the repeated stories.
This book trivialized all of Ayla's trials. Then add dirty tricks, lies and betrayal to the mix and you get "90210, Caveman Edition".
Just Jean Auel
Her performance was wonderful, her material was flawed.
The rock needed to fall on Jondalar.
What a horrible example to younger readers: Go through Hell, gain independence and self esteem just to save a spoiled, privileged man who deep down thinks he is better than you. Then, leave all the love and acceptance you have gained to trek to his home where he will let not one, but two of his exes manipulate you. The cherry on top of it all is when he betrays you, it will be all your fault!
Really? We have enough of that garbage on reality TV. I'll pass.
I joined audible when I first discovered in in 2006. I listen while: working out, knitting, cleaning, driving... Multitasking=win!
I wasted 35 hours of my life. No, a LOT more because I took the time to re-read all 5 previous books before reading this one.
I waited and waited for something to happen.
When something actually DID happen, it was a repeat of previous somethings that have happened.
With all due respect to the author:
how many times can Ayla's strange way of speaking be noticed?
how many times do we have to hear the Earth Mother Song?
how many times can people be surprised at how Ayla interacts with Wolf?
how many times can it be repeated that Ayla uses fingers and counting words to count things.
PLUS...that thing that Jondular did? I'm not buying it...no way.
completely out of character.
Definitely! If I were looking for a description and Ancient History lesson of Europe. I recognize that she did her homework and is passionate about the ancient cave paintings. However, the descriptions in this book were out of place and too repetitive.
The one where Ayla and Jondular invented the wheel.
And when Ayla and Zelondonii created the first alphabet.
Oh, nope...didn't happen.
There were words in it.
The narrator grows on you.
The land of Painted Caves ranks among the top of all the books we have listened to over the years. Jean M. Auel held my husband and I spell bound in Aayla and Jondular's story from book one,but we were thrilled with how she tied that world together in her final novel. We feel that she highlighted her research so well on Aayla's Donier tour. We appreciated her desire to take us along with her!
I could compare this book to any of Diana Gabeldon's Outlander series of books. Both authors have a wonderfully unique way of writing their extensive research into the story line so well. We are in awe of Jean M. Auel's commitment to create an imagined yet believable world and lifestyle of early man. We recognize the research in her books through the indepth descriptions.
This is a very hard question to ask. Each scene in the book blended so well with the next that without any one of them, they would lose their potency. I will admit to it being difficult to "catch" up when years passed and we missed some of the developing stages of Jonaayla.
I did laugh, and I did cry, in several places in this book. I may not have done so if I read the book as a stand alone. Having the first five in the series precede it made it easier to be more involved in the final installation.
My husband and I were thrilled to be so absorbed in Jondular and Aayla's world that we were sorry it was over. We wish there were more installments of Earth's Children to look forward too. We are grateful to Jean M. Auel for her willingness to share this story with the world.
If the author had removed the incessant word for word repetitions of virtually all the highlights of all the other books in the series and omitted the endless repeats of said repetitions, the book would probably have been 30 minutes long. They ruined the story and did not add to it at all. By the time a 5th book is written, only the true fans remain, so ad nauseum repetitions are a disservice to the reader. By now, I can recite the Mother's song and the history word for word myself I heard it so many times (at least 10). Really? What was the point except to fill up pages?
no - just turned me off from this author.
All of them. She did a great job narrating. I can only imagine how tired she got of repeating the same thing over and over and over.
Merona - too predictable and shallow, poor character development.
Making Jondolar suddenly stupid, shallow, and conniving in the last book - when he'd never shown the inclination toward either shallowness or infidelity - was a huge deviation from character. Listening to this book was a chore in comparison to Book 1. Each book became more and more diluted with word for word repetitions of previous books. I would not recommend reading past Book 3 of Earth's Children series. Or, just read Book 5 and you'll get the whole 5 stories summarized (repeatedly!) in 1 book.
I would only if you read the whole series. Don't like to leave things unfinished
Yes, except for the last book I loved the series.
Good character creation
There was too much repetition and overly detailed descriptions in this book. It could have been half as long.
I have been a huge fan of the Clan series since Clan of the Cave Bear and have been very disappointed in this book. It's BORING!!!! I am in the middle of part 3 and nothing exciting has happened yet! The dialogue is terrible. There is no real story. If I have to hear one more time about Ayla's accent or how she is a foreigner I will scream. Oh and in the first part, I could swear Jonayla was under 3 years old as Ayla was still breast feeding and she was going to continue until she was 3. But then in the 2nd or 3rd part, the girl is riding Gray and we find out she is 4. This is supposed to take place over a summer, so I'm confused. If this book is the final book, then the author would have been better to just leave enough alone and wait until she had an interesting story. All they do in this story is go looking at caves. Maybe it would be more exciting if they had been trapped inside by a cave bear or something but no, they just look at the pics on the walls. Besides, Ayla's perfect aim and preparation would have knocked out a family of bears in the blink of an eye. There is very little dialogue between the characters and what there is isn't very interesting. There is also lots of references to the previous books. Maybe that is to refresh our memories? But maybe it is just to have something to write about. Now if it is to refresh us on the series and prepare us for an interesting next book, then great. If this is really the last book in the series, then it's just disappointing. I will continue to get thru the book, I can only hope that something besides more caves awaits in the remaining pages.So is there anything good about it? I have stayed with it so far, so yes. One thing that I love is the way the author paints a picture of the area they are in, I enjoy the details of the land, the food, the herbal medicine etc. I have missed the characters, so even though it's a boring story there is something that is keeping me listening. It might just be hope though, that something really good/interesting may actually happen.
I was not crazy about the narration. It's slow and every word enunciated, I tried to put it onto the next speed but that is actually even worse. The speech just doesn't sound natural.
There is too much cave visiting and there just doesn't seem to be a point to it. We don't need to hear about Ayla having an accent or being a foreigner every time new people come into the story. It's so redundant.